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Jane - move your garden tools to the barn for the season!  :  )
Janet Watton
Randolph Center

On Apr 14, 2010, at 12:02 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:

> Date:    Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:05:58 -0400
> From:    Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Phoebe nesting problem
>
> I wonder if anybody has any good suggestions for discouraging a
> pair of very persistent phoebes from building their nest inside
> my woodshed/garden tool shed.  It's old and well-ventilated since
> it's a woodshed and very difficult to block all the small gaps
> that Phoebes are willing to fly through.  I'd be happy to let
> them nest in there, but I'm in and out many times a day during
> the spring and summer, and of course, when I come in, whoever is
> in there flies around frantically, crashing into walls and beams
> in a desperate attempt to get out.
>
> I've hung strips of lightweight tarp that flaps in the breeze
> over some of the larger gaps, taken down their half-built nests
> and put solid objects in those places to keep them from trying
> the same place again, but boy, they just keep trying over and over.
>
> I have a nice big old barn with lots of access points from
> outside up to the loft, lots of nifty nesting places, and there's
> no competing pair using the barn, but will they put their nes
> their?  Nooooooo.
>
> Any suggestions would be very gratefully received.
>
> Jane
> Shoreham